Morning News for Thursday, March 21st & UPDATE
THE DEMONSTRATION HAS BEEN MOVED UP TO THURSDAY AND WILL BE MET BY A COUNTER DEMONSTRATION OF SOLLV
The Operating Engineers Local #3, the Laborers Local #324 and several other organizations will be participating in a “Start the Bypass” picket Friday, March 22nd from 11am-2pm in Willits. There will be a rally downtown followed by a march to demand that construction be allowed to start! Our message is simple STOP costing taxpayers thousands of dollars a day and let unemployed workers do their jobs! We will be asking Caltrans and the Sheriff’s Department to remove the unlawful trespassers and allow Caltrans to secure the jobsite.
They state: "The Willits Bypass project will put hundreds of people to work in Mendocino County. Additionally, tens of millions of dollars will be injected into Willits and Mendocino’s local economy as this project moves forward."
Save Our Little Lake Valley (SOLLV) announced that the first 1,000 signatures on a petition urging governor Brown to reconsider the Caltrans freeway bypass have been collected from area residents in less than one month. The campaign aims to collect thousands of signatures to show public officials that the majority of residents in Willits and the surrounding areas are opposed to Caltrans’ bypass freeway and determined to find an alternative..
The petition urges the governor to consider alternatives to the Caltrans proposed Willits freeway bypass project.
The 2013 recreational boating season in Lake County is under way and Local residents are reminded to get their 2013 mussel prevention sticker before using their vessel in any Lake County water body.
Also, remember to check in with a screener when you return from an out-of-county trip with your boat. These inspections and any necessary decontamination are free.
Please continue to support the program that has been successful in keeping Lake County mussel-free.
The county thanks the 27 participating screeners for continuing their vital role in the prevention program.
Friends of the Gualala River hosts Karen Maki of the Sierra Club, with a presentation, "End Clearcutting in California", Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Gualala Arts Center.
The presentation will describe the Sierra Club's new campaign to help protect California's communities and natural resources by ending this outdated and destructive practice once and for all.
More information is at GualalaRiver.org
The Mendocino Supervisors proclaimed next week March 24-30, as Tsunami Preparedness Week since the Office of Emergency Services, in cooperation with Humboldt and Del Norte, the National Weather Service, and the California Emergency Management Agency has scheduled a Tsunami Warning System Test on March 27, from 11:00 AM to 12: PM.
If you live in or near the City of Fort Bragg or the City of Point Arena you may hear the sounding of Tsunami Sirens. The sirens, when activated, will wail for 3 minutes.
A naked man who fled the custody of mental health workers at Ukiah Medical Center Monday was Tased three times before he could be subdued by officers.
A 39-year-old patient, who had been detained by the Sheriff's Office after threatening to kill someone , had pulled out an I.V. and ran away, naked and bleeding profusely from his groin
The lake County Supervisors and a group of citizens handed Lake Sheriff Rivero a one-two punch Tuesday. First, prior to the supervisors meeting, a newly formed citizens committee served the sheriff with notice that a recall effort was under way. The Committee to Recall Rivero and Restore Integrity is led by retired Lake Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Rivera.
Then, after nearly three hours of raucous discussion , the supervisors voted unanimously that it had no confidence in Rivero's leadership and asked for his resignation.